I'd be all over it if I had $1200 to spare for a year. Garrison bought 2 of the $500 Jabba Barges and had the 2nd one sold for $1000 within a day of it showing up at his door. It seems people's wallets get a lot looser when the object is real and available immediately and I'd gladly take a free 19lb transforming robot.
Yeah, my Omega Supreme scratches my gigantic transforming robot itch and did it for less than half the price. Not even at the age of 12 when in the theatre watching the movie did I want a Unicron anything. This toy's entire cool factor rest on the 19lb stat.
I get the appeal, I get that they're going to be worth a small fortune when released, and I *should* be the target market for this. But..... I simply can't make myself care. It's just one more thing my kids would have to f#$% with when I die.
I found these at WM this morning too. They were still mid-reset, the pegs/shelves totally bare, and I spotted these across the isle, on the top shelf behind a box of kiddie lightsabers or something. I snagged SW and both pair of cassettes. Whatever toolbag that hid them is going to return very disappointed.
(seriously, who hides toys in 2019? what adult doesn't have a credit card? if you're so poor as to need to hide them "for later", then you probably shouldn't be buying toys. WTF Mattel! If you can't afford them when you're in the store, chances are you can't afford them period.)
These G1 reissues are a bit pricey, and I hesitated to spend over a hundred bucks on toys I'll never open, but I just love the look. I have my old worn out G1 toys to mess with, and I also have the modern G1 KOs on display, but these are just cool. Plus I love seeing the vintage box art in stores again. Move over KOs, you're headed to storage!
I didn't buy the other pack since I have Frenzy preordered on Hasbro Pulse, so I'll just have to live without Laserbeak unless they drop down to $10 on clearance. I'm glad WM has given me a reasonably affordable way to get some shiny new G1 toys and SW was my biggest wish besides the impossible to re-release Jetfire.
Skystriker Christmas ‘83. For some reason I never had any TFs bigger than some Diaclone dinobots from my mom’s trip to Korea, a different color Valk from that same trip and Thrust (my only seeker). I guess anything bigger than a car bot was too expensive in the US.
JF was the largest TF I ever owned. But aside from him, I wasn't really asking my parents for many. Well, combiners, but that was more commitment then I guess they were willing to, uh, commit. I just wasn't into TF's that much. Not like JOES and other action figures. The Stealth was the biggest JOE toy I ever got. Or is the Night Raven larger?
Skystriker was easily my biggest present until Laser Tag came out which was quickly disassembled and wires snipped when my 2 friends who also got it were always grounded. I exchanged the “broken” and obviously sold out Laser Tag pistol for a new fangled machine called Nintendo. I mean, I did live in Redmond Washington at the time and we got Nintendo test market stuff well in advance of the rest of you losers.
So something weird is happening, I cannot bring myself to open the cassettes no matter how badly I want to play with Ravage. I have never once been a MISB guy, but there is something about this card that I cannot crack...
I remember all the big boxes, but I couldn't tell you which was the biggest. AT-AT from Empire was a biggie. Ewok Village was pretty big. Joe HQ, Skystriker, Hovercraft, and Stealth were all biggies too.
But in terms of TFs, JF was among the largest I owned (never had any of the city bots). I had similarly tall bots like Shockwave, Galvatron, and most of the early waves of combiners, but JF probably came in the largest box of them all.
I got my JF from a local scratch-n-dent overstock store. It was run by one of my mom's friends. They got in several Jetfires that were dented, returned, or missing pieces, and she told my mom I could go through them and find all the parts to make a whole one, which I did. Then mom bought it and put it away until I had the liquidity to buy it from her with my own money. I begged for odd jobs around the house for weeks that summer of '85... But I still have it. Actually my son has it, and it's among his favorite TFs too.
Knowing it would never see any kind of re-release, a few years back, I bought a well-cared-for used one that someone still had the box, inserts, and everything to go with it. So that's my "MIB" display version. The box isn't perfect, but sitting on a shelf looking pretty, it does the job 95% as well as an actual MISB toy... at 10% of the price.